‘Toy’ – Young Fathers
Young Fathers aren’t really a rap group anymore. They’ve morphed into their very own species of musician. With its skittering bouncy beat and cartoonish vocals, ‘Toy’ is a playful new song with all the energy of a kid on a sugar rush. Their new album Cocoa Sugar is going to be exhilarating stuff.
‘Over and Over and Over’ – Jack White
Whilst the kooky operatic vocals do start to get a little grating towards the end, I’m happy that this is a yet another excitingly weird track from the Tim-Burton-esque rocker. It’s got a driving riff propelling it along, which is certain to appeal more to Jack White’s old skool fanbase than, say, his recent electronica meanderings (which I personally liked, but others weren’t so keen on).
‘All Wordz Are Made Up’ – Voidz
Julian Casablancas of ex-Strokes fame is also continuing to deliver a steady stream of weird shit with the help of his new band the Voidz. Whilst not as demented as previous single ‘QYURRYUS’, the digitally warped vocals and proggy synth meandering still make this a thrillingly original and eccentric track. It’s hard to believe this is the same dude who brought us ‘Last Nite’.
‘Love Is Good, It’s #1’ – Grey Watson
The lyrical sentiment of this song may be soppy and straightforward, but I can’t help but feel the love. The Seoul-based artist seems to be drawing heavily from Revolver-era Beatles, with some sunny glimmers of surf pop and soul thrown in too. It’s so ridiculously happy it makes me want to dress up in harem pants and a bandana and offer free hugs to strangers.
‘Gummi’ – Gibberish
The LA duo take us on a new psychedelic adventure that sounds like Washed-Up-meets-Animal-Collective. Angelic vocal harmonies glide through a cloud of gloopy synths. It lives up to its name by being as sugary as a mouthful of gummi bears.
‘Cookie Dough’ – BRAIN$
Because kids with guns are sooo trendy right now…